Windy Ridge Lookout

The trail starts with a series of wooden steps north up the side of Windy Ridge. At this point you have a view down into the crater of Mount St. Helens. Continuing along the Truman trail on ridges above and with good views of Spirit Lake.


  • At about 1 mile, you will reach a steep, narrow, exposed section of the trail.  It might not be appropriate for children or people with concerns about heights.
  • To extend the Mount St Helens experience, consider combining this hike with Ghost Lake  (5.2 miles 640 feet), Strawberry Mountain Lookout  (4.8 miles 1,400 feet), and/or Harmony Falls  (2.4 miles, 650 feet), the only trail to the shoreline of Spirit Lake.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft
  • 4,475 ft
  • Green Trails Mount St Helens NVM No. 332S
  • Green Trails Spirit Lake No. 332

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